Foam Floor Puzzles = Compact-Friendly Blocking Mats
I’m almost through my first month of The Compact and I really need to purchase some STUFF.
New STUFF. Which I’m not supposed to do.
But it’s a business purchase. The fact that I need to get a real job in just a year is closing in on me, and I think it’s about time to put my thrifty ways to good financial use. I’m pretty excited for it, but for now all I’m going to say is, I need:
- A line counter,
- A ball winder,
- Resealable plastic bags, and
- Miscellaneous paper products and printing
Everything else has to do with thrifted sweaters, which is very Compact friendly. And some people on The Compact make business purchases, right? That’s the thing- I never wrote down my “exceptions.” Everyone does The Compact a little differently.
Well, here goes. I hereby allow myself to purchase, in addition to food, services, and personal hygiene products; legitimate business expenses. I will also purchase things that allow me to save STUFF in the long run. For example: if I’m making pajama pants out of vintage sheets I won’t beat myself up over some elastic, as the purchase of elastic is less wasteful than a new pair of pants.
Of course, I will have a very green business, so no worries. And I’m a hopeless tightwad so I will spare any non-essential purchases at all costs.
One thing I don’t need to buy for my new “business” which I’m sure you’ve already deduced, involves knitting, is blocking mats. I have that covered.
Foam blocking mats are a new thing for knitters. You can link as many blocks together as you need, pin your stuff down, and block. The thing I love is that I can have it on my bed during the day, floor overnight, etc, which is great when you live in a tiny apartment.
When I saw these blocks in a knitting catalog, I knew they’d be handy, but that I could find them for less. They look suspiciously like foam puzzles that Mom used when she did childcare. So I called Mom, told her what was up, and asked her to be on the lookout at thrift shops. Three days later, great success! I have four blocks, which is just perfect for a scarf. If I ever made a full-size person sweater I would need a few more. I’ll just keep an eye out, and I’m sure I’ll find some more blocks before I ever finish a sweater anyway.